The 9th Annual Crunchies Finalists announced

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The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards Show is round the corner. Let’s meet the finalists.

The 9th edition of the Annual Crunchies Awards also referred to as The Oscars of Startups and Technology, is quickly approaching.  On Tuesday, February 8, 2016, at 8 pm at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House we will get to know the most recognized and successful startups, Internet, and tech innovations of 2015. There are 12 categories, ranging from Fastest Rising Startup and Best Founder to our inaugural Include Diversity Award.

“It’s the most fun you can have in tech. It’s a great event and well worth watching/going.” said John Biggs East Coast Editor at TechCrunch

Traditionally, it all starts with nominations from TechCrunch readers, which are then be refined by the editors into a final list of nominees for each award. When it comes to final voting, however, there is a significant change.

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“We are forming a 100-person Crunchies Board to pick the winners by secret, paper ballot. The Crunchies Board will include TechCrunch editors alongside entrepreneurs, investors and other tech notables, including speakers and judges who have appeared on the Disrupt stage. An independent third party will administer and tally the ballots as well as keep the results secret until we announce the awards on stage. We believe this change will bring more breadth of experience and perspective to selecting the winners of the Crunchies.” explains TechCrunch in a blog post.

You can’t hold an award show without a stellar host.The Oscars had Neil Patrick Harris. The VMAs had Miley. And the Emmys, coincidentally, had Andy Samberg. Another good news is that Chelsea Peretti, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star, actress, writer and comedian Will host the 9th Annual Crunchies Awards.

TechCrunch is currently in the first “traditional” stage, as the list of nominees has just been announced. Let’s take a look at which companies have an excellent chance to walk off with a Crunchie.

Best New Startup

Best Overall Startup

Fastest Rising Startup

Best Technology Achievement

Best Mobile App

Hardware of the Year

Include Diversity Award

Best Social Impact

Founder of the Year

Angel Investor of the Year

VC of the Year

CEO of the Year

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